Earlier this month at a three day gathering of the most influential legal IT sector decision makers from the UK and international firms, in the rarefied setting of Gleneagles Hotel for GlenLegal 2019, attendees shared their insights and predictions for cloud adoption.

The headline? Law firms are looking to fully embrace cloud, and its popularity continues to increase in the sector. As one of a number of examples of this increasing appetite, below is a graphic created by Andrew Powell, CIO of Macfarlanes, using the results of a detailed survey of 60+ law firm CIOs, representing the deployment of email among firms last year, this year and next year across the available platforms:

Figure 1. Cloud adoption: Email

This demonstrates a striking increase in cloud platform adoption in a relatively short time frame, and this finding is reflected across a number of other technologies posited in the survey.

Hearteningly, historical concerns over security are no longer a barrier: the consensus now, especially among larger firms, is that today’s public cloud has more robust security in comparison to on-premise hardware, and major cloud providers have the resources to stay ahead in the security race in a way that the firms themselves do not.

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